I love Tex-Mex food — you know the stuff that’s super Americanized with lots of sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and beefy-beany-goodness. And Mexicali is just that: not authentic, but a little hidden gem on Dunbar and West 28th, in Vancouver.
Think Taco-Time chain with fresher ingredients, larger portions and tastier food! Sure, Mexicali is no Chipotle (which Gary and I are obsessed with and always hit up when we’re traveling in the U.S.) but it is awesome fast food at reasonable prices.
I love the kitschy ‘Mexican’ decor with painted palm trees on the walls and funky Tejano music always playing on the speakers.
The “Slushy Limonada” has a hint of saltiness and isn’t too sweet. Mexicali used to serve a lime slushy which tasted just like a crushed ice margarita, without the tequila ;). The lemon version is good, although I do prefer the lime for that added kick.
We both ordered the “Redondo Special”: which is basically a large soft taco with “mexi-fries” (tater tots) and a drink (your choice of pop or slushy) all for $6.00, tax included. It comes with really great fresh salsa and sour cream. There are also dollops of salsa and sour cream inside the taco, along with seasoned ground beef, pico de gallo, lettuce, and cheese. The Redondo is flavorful but isn’t spicy at all. Mexicali offers hot sauce on all tables for those craving more heat.
The restaurant also serves crunchy tacos, quesadillas, chips & guacamole, enchiladas, soups, salads, nachos, etc. Upon request, most meals can be made gluten free or vegetarian.
Overall, Mexicali is super tasty and affordable quick-serve food with nothing on their menu over $10. Check it out for yourself and tell us which special you like the best!